Archive for January, 2014

Thanks very much to Stephanie for sending me this link —- perfect timing for this evening’s discussion of Redshirts:


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A bit of book news …

Courtesy of The Guardian

After delving into the paranormal for years as The X-Files’ resident sceptic Dr Dana Scully, actor Gillian Anderson is set to create her own science-fictional universe – but this time in print.

 Anderson has been signed up by American publisher Simon & Schuster to pen the EarthEnd Saga series, together with co-writer Jeff Rovin. The first novel in her series, A Vision of Fire, will focus on a child psychiatrist who treats children traumatised by war or natural disasters, and who comes across a “uniquely troubled” young girl.

I’m thinking this could be a discussion at our book group meetings, about who in SF-F television and movies that we think could pen some interesting books.  

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GN on order-011414Since some of our SF-F readers also enjoy graphic novels, I like to let everyone know about some of the new titles in (and coming to) our Graphic Novel collection.  Here’s a smattering:

Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party (#1 & #2) by Quinrose
Attack on Titan #10 and #11 by Hajime Isayama
Batgirl 3: Death of the Family (New 52) by Gail Simone
Cyborg 009 by F.J. DeSanto
Scott Pilgrim Color 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together (color edition) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Young Avengers: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg

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I wasn’t sure if everyone knew that Wil Wheaton reads the audiobook version of Redshirts.   He does, and it’s quite good.   I found this online, from a reading in Burbank, CA:

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New SF series-011414We have a lot of shiny new books coming to our SF-F section (which you will find first on the New Books display).  Here’s a smattering of some of the new books in series:

Brazen by Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld Tales, #13.5)
The Creeps by John Connolly (Sequel to The Infernals)
A Dance of Blades and A Dance of Mirrors by David Dalglish (Shadowdance, #2 & #3)
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #1)
The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price (The Silver Saga, #1)
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #40 … and please note, the cover art isn’t final yet)
Rex Regis by L.E. Modesitt (Imager Portfolio, #8)
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson (Sequel to Robopocalypse)
Shipstar by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven (Sequel to Bowl of Heaven)
When It’s a Jar by Tom Holt (Sequel to Doughnut)
The Wicked by Douglas Nicholas (Sequel to Something Red)

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I like to show some of the great new books that are coming to the library, or are on our New Books display.  Here’s a sample:

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The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin
Betwixt and Between by Jessica Stilling
The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
Dreamwalker by C.S. Friedman
The Golden City by Kathleen Cheney
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream by Hank Davis (ed)
The Inner City by Karen Hueler
The Martian by Andy Weir
Old Mars by George R.R. Martin (ed)
Orphans by Ben Tanzer
The Waking Engine by David Edison

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Since we’re discussing Redshirts by John Scalzi this month, I thought I’d mention that the book won the Hugo Award for best novel in 2013.  I know there are those of you who are completely unsurprised by this.   

John Scalzi posted his thoughts about it on his blog (click on the link for the entire post).  Here’s a bit from that post:

* Maybe some people can be cool about winning the Best Novel Hugo, but those people are so not me. When Paul Cornell announced Redshirts as the winner, I pumped my fist like a total dork, kissed my wife, got hugged by what seemed like every person between me and the stage, and then honestly I don’t remember all that much until I was suddenly at the lectern, holding the heaviest Hugo ever (seriously, it is twelve pounds), and then setting it down and trying to remember that now I had to give an acceptance speech. Which I had not written out because I figured if I won I would remember who to thank and what I wanted to say. In retrospect, this was not my smartest idea.

Les sent me a closeup photo of the award, which I’m including here:

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